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With debt repayments, loan interest and maintenance costs, the belt and road project is unlikely to be profitable ‘even after the next three presidents’.

The Chinese short video app has sent a team from Singapore to talk with Indonesian officials about the new law that has taken immediate effect, threatening TikTok’s business model.

President Jose Ramos-Horta said upgraded bilateral partnership between Dili and Beijing will not be a security concern to the Southeast Asian nation’s neighbours.

The government said US-based Malaysian author Boey Chee Ming’s When I was a Kid 3 contained material that was ‘likely to be prejudicial to morality’.

Many analysts see the move as a bid to strengthen outgoing leader Joko Widodo’s attempt to build a political dynasty ahead of elections next year.

Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative has not proved to be the ‘transformation game changer’ many in the region were hoping for, analysts say – as concerns grow about some projects’ viability and added value.


Pollution woes are hampering Indonesia’s economic ambitions as more Asian technology firms seek vast new spaces for energy-intensive data centres.


Efforts by Jakarta, the world’s most polluted city, to address the issue reveal the divide between the reality of low-income drivers and the need for cleaner air.


A Brunei airline has committed to buying a batch of China’s domestically produced aircraft – another step forward in the planes’ path to global procurement.


Thailand, India and the Philippines are all seeing implied returns from forwards higher than recent averages, as Emerging Asian currencies, which have been less attractive than most of their global peers as carry-trade targets over the past year, are now catching up.

Lina Mukherjee was also fined US$16,200 – for which her jail term would be extended by three months if it was not paid – after the video amassed millions of views.

The outgoing Indonesian president says Southeast Asia’s largest economy can attain its fastest expansion in three decades – but only if ‘there’s continuity’.

In 2000, not a single woman from the Asia-Pacific countries served in UN peacekeeping forces. That has changed dramatically, with women from across the region pursuing careers thousands of kilometres from home and family.